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System Center Configuration Manager Company Portal App

8:03 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hi All,

Recently Microsoft released a new Self-Service Portal for Windows 8 devices.

This new SSP App is the equivalent of the web-based Company Portal that was introduced with ConfigMgr 2012.

The biggest difference is that this new portal is a created to embrace touch.

Note that this is only supported with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and on Windows 8 client devices.

The APPX file can be downloaded here.

If you read the instructions on the page you will notice that following Registry key is required on each client PC.
You can deploy this key for instance with GPO Preferences.


Value Name = PortalPackageFamily

Type = REG_SZ

Value = Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Typically with Windows 8 side-loading you need to make sure of course that the AllowAllTrusedApp reg key is existing as well. Also this can be pushed via GPOs.

Once the APPX is side-loaded to your client machines you will notice a new tile:


It can take a few minutes before your portal is ready for first use.

This is how the portal looks like. Also notice the customizations like a Company Logo that can be added since the R2 release.


As matter of completeness, here you have once again the web-based Company Portal equivalent.


Till next time!

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Windows 8.1: A Closer Look

9:27 am in Uncategorized by nsienaert


Hi All,

A few weeks ago I have presented a TechNet Livemeeting about all the new features in Windows 8.1.

This webcast was a great success with + 150 attendees unfortunately there were some issues with the recording.

Therefore we have done a Take 2 and that one is now online!

Do you want to know:

– How you control the UX in an enterprise environment?

– What your options are to upgrade to Windows 8.1?

– What’s new about closing Applications?

– …

Do you want to see new-feature-demos like:

– Work Folders

– Workplace Join


Long story short, a complete Windows 8.1 session. Enjoy!


Till next time!


Nico Sienaert


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